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Bow Bells

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Born within sound of Bow bells. A true cockney. St. Maryle-Bow has long had one of the most celebrated bell-peals in London. John Dun, mercer, gave in 1472 two tenements to maintain the ringing of Bow bell every night at nine oʹclock, to direct travellers on the road to town; and in 1520 William Copland gave a bigger bell for the purpose of “sounding a retreat from work.” Bow church is nearly the centre of the City. (This bow rhymes with flow.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Bourbon
Bourgeois (French)
Bourgeoisie (French)
Bouse
Boustrapa
Boustrophedon
Bouts-rimes [rhymed-endings]
Bovey Coal
Bow (to rhyme with flow)
Bow (to rhyme with now)
Bow Bells
Bow-catcher (A)
Bow-hand
Bow-street Runners
Bow-window in Front (A)
Bow-wow Word
Bowden
Bowdlerise (To)
Bowels of Mercy
Bower
Bower Anchor